New Delhi: One of the most enthusiastic teams of the Toyota University Cricket Championship simply failed to live up to its reputation. Western Wizards Jiwaji University, Gwalior lost their semifinal clash against hosts Kent Northern Stars Jamia Millia Islamia on Thursday evening by 10 wickets. Jamia needed all of 51 balls to race to an emphatic victory after Jiwaji were all out for 61 runs in 18.1 overs. This was the lowest team score of the championship.
A team that has always defended low totals, Jiwaji did not have enough on the board. The Jamia openers were under no pressure and backed by a packed home crowd, Amit Verma and Shivam Sharma milked the Gwalior attack and scored the required runs with ease. Shivam was in punishing mood. He struck five fours and a six in a 36-ball 43 that ended the match as a contest. He got the best batsman's award.
As has been his wont, Jiwaji skipper Sohraab Dhaliwal tried every trick in his book and could even have caught and bowled Shivam when he was on 7. But it was not Gwalior's evening. Earlier, Jiwaji's batting performance definitely came as a big surprise.